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Salvation Anny Settlements.

"Tho Toor nml tho Land; being a Report on tho Snlvution Army ColonieH in tho United States, and at Hadleigh, EnglnntL with a Scheme of National Land Settlement," is tho comprehensivo tillo of a volume by H. Rider Haggard (Longmans, Green, und Company, Lon dqn), lt appears that, in January last, Mr. Haggard was appointed by tho English Gov ernment a commissioner to inspect and report upon tho agricultural settlements established by thc Salvation Army in tho United States, and nt Hadleigh in Suffolk. Tho report on tho above was presented to Parliament in Juno, and published in a Blue Book, of which tho pre sent volume is a reprint. Very full details are given of tho operations of tho Salvation Army, both in America and nt Hadleigh, with which Mr. Haggard, was very favourably impressed, and suggestions aro made for thc establishment of similar colonies in various parts of tho Bri tish Empire, under tho supervision of tho Bri tish Government. Tho book gives much infor mation of an instructivo and interesting cha racter in a ploasant and readable style.

A public demonstration of tho. Underwriters' Fire Extinguisher was again given at Hell Helo Quarry, Pyrmont, on Novomber 2, by Mr. How ard, of AO Pitt-street, Sydney. Previous exhibi tions had boen given at Phillip Park. The un doubted reliability of tho extinguishing powers of this remarkable machine was again demon strated. Tho test was three sides of a room, 8ft high, filled with inflammable matter satu rated with benzine, and when thc whole was ono seething mass of flame, tho machine was brought into play, and in less than ten seconds the conflagration had been completely subdued.

At 10 minutes past 0 o'clock on Saturday morning one of tho apprentices employed at Mr. Andrew M'Kyc's bakery, corner 'of Wost and Ernest streets, North Sydney, noticed an out break of smoke and flames, and at once gavo tho alarm to the proprietor. Tho flames quickly got a hold, burning out tho flour store and ono bakehouse. Several hundred pounds' worth of damage has been done.